Reported Drowning In Post Falls - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Man Drowns In Post Falls, Victim Identified

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE:  The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation in the drowning of a swimmer at Corbin Park on the Spokane River Thursday morning.

 Initial reports indicate that at approximately 11:00 a.m. responders were summoned to the Corbin Park area after a report from citizens that the swimmer was calling for help from the river. 

Sheriff's Office Emergency Divers and Marine units responded to the area and were eventually able to find a man floating down stream about ¼ mile below the Pleasantview Bridge, nearly a mile downstream from Corbin Park. 

Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. The victim has been identified as Wayne O. Pennington Jr, 43-years-old from Post Falls, ID. 

Initial investigation found that he had been snorkeling in the river by himself, just upstream from the Corbin Park boat launch.

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is investigating the drowning of a swimmer at Corbin Park on the Spokane River this morning.

Initial reports indicate that at approximately 11:00 a.m. responders were summoned to the Corbin Park area after a report from citizens that the swimmer was calling for help from the river. Sheriff's Office Emergency Divers and Marine units responded to the area and were eventually able to find a man floating down stream about ¼ mile below the Pleasantview Bridge, nearly a mile downstream from Corbin Park. 

The man was unresponsive and CPR was initiated immediately.  He was transported by boat back to Corbin Park where he was transferred to a waiting ambulance and to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene. CPR was still in progress when they left Corbin Park. Further updates and identity of the victim will be released after family has been notified.

 The Spokane River below the Post Falls dam is very dangerous to swimmers and boaters at this time. There is still more than 10,000 cubic feet of water per second coming down the river today.  The current is very strong and there are dangerous undertows that cannot be seen from the surface. People are urged to stay out of the water below the dam until the dam is totally closed.

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